Something Hayley Kiyoko has consistently done through her music is given queer girls the representation they deserve.
Having such positive LGBTQ+ representation in media is now, more than ever, important. And that is exactly what Kiyoko keeps giving us. In her hit song “Girls Like Girls” she brings up the idea that “girls like girls like boys do/nothing new”; in “Sleepover” she’s still talking about relationships with girls, but this one is unrequited.
The beat of the song is soft, gentle, and Kiyoko comes in singing quietly. The sleepover she talks about is one with a friend she has a crush on, one she obviously likes but doesn’t feel the same way. The lyrics “I just feel alone/feel alone” show how isolating being in love with someone can be, especially when they don’t feel the same way. It’s a feeling many of us have had before and something we can all relate to in some way or another. However, another layer of this is that the girl might not feel the same way about girls.
There is a silver lining to the song, though. When Kiyoko sings “at least I got you in my head” she is acknowledging that although it is difficult to care for someone who doesn’t feel the same way, having some part of them with you is enough. It’s something we don’t hear a lot in music or media, and I think it’s nice that Kiyoko acknowledges the different ways you can love someone.